gracie | scarritt bennett center | nashville, tn
Is there anyone in Nashville that is engaged and needs some photos done? I am looking to expand my “engagements” portfolio and would love to take your photos! I will be offering a discounted rate. Message me if you are interested!
Satan’s craftiness is not in tempting us to do what is wrong, but convincing us that what is wrong, is right.
Feeling inspired by Davy and Daniel.
I came to the realization last night that lately, I have lost my genuine care for others. I realized when I was struggling to come up with descriptions to post with my photo sets for my new web site that I haven’t been doing a very good job of getting to know the people I take photos of. Honestly, I’m thinking about technical things like lighting and positioning, which is fine, but in the back of my mind I’m wondering how successful this photo is going to be and that is not okay with me anymore. When my mind is so preoccupied with how popular a photo could be instead of getting to know the person right in from of me, that is not okay. I used to not be like that, but in Nashville there is a lot pressure to be someone or do something and I think it has really crept in and affected me negatively. Instead of being happy for people’s successes, I find myself being jealous. I had a long time with Jesus last night and just laid everything out before Him and left it all at the Cross. Today was so much better. I talked to so many people at work and asked them about their lives and actually learned a lot of really cool things about the people I serve. It felt good to genuinely care about people again. I’m going to start taking photos for me again. I’m not going to take photos for anyone else but myself and for the sake of building relationships. I want to show people how beautiful they are, not just on the outside, but the inside too. When I take photos of someone and get to know them and get a glimpse into their heart, I am able to write about the beauty that I see in them when I post their photos. Then they will see for the first time, or be reminded of, the beauty they carry, and others will get to see it too. I believe that every person carries a piece of God in them and I want to search it out. I want to see what each person carries that is unique to them and reflects their Creator. I am so thankful for the grace that God shows me by showing me the sin lurking in my heart and then providing a way out that results in me knowing and experiencing Him more deeply. He is so good.
Thank you Daniel, for listening to me freak out and act like a crazy person last night because I didn’t know how to handle my feelings. Thank you for not talking to me and knowing that I just needed to talk to the Lord about it.
Thank you Davy, for reminding me to be publicly vulnerable. I don’t need to pretend like I always have my stuff together, because I certainly do not. How can I expect people to be real with me when I am not real with them?
This is me.